Irish Whiskey Aged Scottish Stout | Innis & Gunn

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Irish Whiskey Aged Scottish StoutIrish Whiskey Aged Scottish Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
innisandgunn.com

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TMoney2591 on 01-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
667
Reviews:
177
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.39%
 
 
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Photo of Raime
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dewsby
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nolster
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VictorsValiant
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug: color is black, with dark brown edges at the bottom, head is light tan made of fine bubbles, some lacing.

Smell is stouty: light chocolate, light roast, molasses.

Taste is similar, though a slight bit thin for 7.5% - chocolate, roast, molasses, hints of whiskey at the very end and more so as it warms

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, lingering bitterness, light sweetness.

Overall a decent beer with solid stout qualities and a just so subtle whiskey flavor.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

have had several bottles in this series tucked away for some time now, awaiting the moment to strike. I have just been inspired by another site's user and am now embarking on a journey, not of body, but of sight, mind and casks! The eradication of the Bottle Baklog at Chez Woody continues.

From the bottle: "Oak Aged like no other beer"; "Hand-Crafted Sottish Beer"; "Scottish Stout matured with Irish Whiskey oak chips"; "Carefully matured for 60 days prior to release"; "Approved for bottling [undersigned] Esther M Binnie"; "Master Brewer [undersigned] Douglas Gunn Sharp"; "Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Oak Aged Beer"; "This Innis & Gunn stout has been aged with Irish Whiskey oak chips. The result is a rich, complex beer with a velvety smooth finish and notes of dark chocolate, coffee and treacle."

I Pop!ped the cap & commenced a slow, gentle pour since I have gone off of aggro pours (unless warranted). Once sufficiently decanted, I gave it a vigorous in-glass swirl that raised two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, ldeep-tan/light-brown with moderate retention, leaving behind nice lacing. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose was rich with smoke, coffee, treacle & a woodiness that I could not easily peg as oak. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste was quite smoky with a good deal of treacle and baker's chocolate atop leather, coffee and a woodiness that was just beyond my ken. I am not sure that I would have guessed Irish Whiskey or oak chips without their prompting, but there was something beyond mere English Stout going on. Finish was semi-dry and pleasant enough. My only bugaboo was the value added to the aging on oak chips. I just did not taste whiskey, of any stripe, strongly enough to say that it jumped out at me. This struck me as more of a novelty than something that would warrant my drinking on a regular basis. YMMV.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown. Thin, foamy, tan head fades fast.

Smells caramel malt, light roast, oaky, vanilla, hints of chocolate and fruit.

Tastes Caramel malt, roasty, cream, light oaky vanilla and some light earthiness. Semi sweet finish with malt linger. Light side of full body. Creamy medium carbonation

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Photo of HermitDan
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A little lighter than I'd like, appearing brown-copper color. Forms a darker body with a light colored head.

Smells like peated dog turds, oak chips, chocolate, and caramel.

Flavor is not much better, in fact much of the same. Coffee grounds at the end.

Feel is thin for a stout.

No whiskey, I can't believe this was barrel aged. Pretty terrible.

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Photo of rickklein9
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OKbrew89
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeYarchak
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Roasted malt, hint of whisky, caramel, oak, light chocolate. Slightly sweet; dark body, thin tan head.

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Photo of zeff80
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark color with ruby highlights and small, tan head. It smelled of whiskey, oak and chocolate. Big whiskey flavor with subtle oak and vanilla notes. Mild chocolate and bitterness.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours like Coke in color and density. Thin head fades to a small layer of tan bubbles and sits there. Slight aroma of the whiskey on top of the dark malt and dark fruits. Flavor is dark fruits and brown sugar, again the whiskey is hardly noticeable. Feels a tad thicker than it looks, but could be thicker for my taste. Over all an okay beer that I would not turn down, but wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at the COOP... Pours thin black brew with a shortlived head.. Standard cocoa and light char.. Whiskey notes are light and show more as a tannic woody essence. Nice with no flaws, but nothing I will probably buy again.

3.5/3.75/3.75/3.75/3.75

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Photo of Aoyoc
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DanGeo
2.52/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TheHopsman
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 10/2017. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a small fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, dark bread, whiskey, and toasted oak; with light nuttiness, smoke, char, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, whiskey/oak chips, and light fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, dark bread, whiskey, and toasted oak; with light nuttiness, smoke, char, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, dark bread, whiskey, toasted oak, light nuttiness/smoke, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, whiskey/oak chips, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.4%. Overall this is a very good oak aged English stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, whiskey/oak chips, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Not as heavy on the yeast influence as I expected; but had a really nice presence of the Irish Whiskey/oak character, with well rounded and balanced stout complexity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine hybrid glass

A - A simple deep brown/black (opaque), maybe a 1/3 finger off-white (almost tan) head and little to no lacing/legs

S - The booze note here is much more prevalent than the two previous (original and rum) and quite distinct in fact -- wholly Irish indeed. Rich malts/grains, slight earthy hops, very "brown", lots of wood, vanilla, slight anise. The malt/grains stand very strong.

T - Very simple. Huge malt, very nice Irish booze, nice wood, slight hop, vanilla and outside of the booze the earth notes are huge/rich.

M - medium body, nice balance, nice complexity, medium minus carbonation and a very rich boozey finish.

D/O - Really a fan of this "old world" ale (stout). Oak, Irish whiskey and smooth, rich grains. Really very well put together and fits the mold well. This beer also goes down easy, tastes wonderful and because of it's "lighter" body, very refreshing and in more ways than one. Definitely something to drink all year long, cold and hot days and stormy or fair weather.

Final thoughts - Buy a 4-pack drink two and age two to see how this smooth ale turns even smoother. The $10 price tag is hugh for the less than 8% abv, but still worth a go or two.

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Photo of rydev24
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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